May 14, 2014
WACO, Texas -The 13th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team will continue its NCAA run against No. 4 Virginia (23-5) in the Round of 16 on Thursday at 11 a.m. CT at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Baylor is making its ninth NCAA Round of 16 appearance in the last 10 years and the 10th overall in program history.
BU has a 5-4 record in Sweet 16 matches and last advanced out of the round in 2011 when the Lady Bears reached the NCAA semifinals.
This season, Baylor is 26-6 and has won 16 straight matches after beating Texas A&M Corpus Christi (4-0) and No. 20 Rice (4-1) in NCAA opening round action.
Baylor earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships by winning its seventh Big 12 Championship title. The Lady Bears were also the Big 12 regular season champion for the 10th time in 2014 with an undefeated 9-0 record.
Baylor is currently ranked No. 13 and seeded 14th in the NCAA Championship as a team with three ranked singles players: No. 40 Kiah Generette, No. 46 Jordaan Sanford and No. 81Ema Burgic.
BU also has two ranked doubles tandems: No. 35 Victoria Kisialeva and Blair Shankle and No. 84 Shankle and Alex Clay.
Baylor has won the doubles point for 16 straight matches. BU is 25-0 when winning the doubles point this season. The Lady Bears are 3-0 in neutral site meetings this season.
During 2014, Baylor has compiled a 17-6 mark vs. ranked opponents, while going a perfect 7-0 vs. unranked teams. All of BU's losses have come against top-15 opponents.
Scrivano in his 12th season at BU was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year for the fifth time and three players, Ema Burgic, Generette and Sanford were named to the All-Big 12 singles and doubles teams. Victoria Kisialeva was an All-Big 12 doubles performer.
Looking ahead, if Baylor gets past Virginia, the Lady Bears will face the winner of Stanford and California on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Quotes from Head Coach Joey Scrivano
On his team making the NCAA Round of 16...
"We are just really excited to be back in the Sweet 16. This team has worked really hard and they deserve to be there and I think they will make a great showing."
On having been to this stage before...
"Having experience can help if you execute on the day that you are playing. That is what it is all about. We have just got to get our minds right and make sure that we are ready to compete and focus on the task and not get caught up in the rest of the stuff going on around us."
On what his team has to do to be successful...
"We have just got to stay in a rhythm. I am really looking forward to getting to Athens and practicing on their courts and just making sure our players are playing in a good flow. That is really the next step for us."
Live results, a live blog and a live video stream will be available for the matches through links on BaylorBears.com.
Baylor University is home to the 2015 NCAA Tennis Championships. The final 16 men's and women's teams will descend on Waco in May 2015 for the event. Following the team competition, individual singles and doubles championships will also take place at the Hurd Tennis Center.
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